The apartment of a second Texas healthcare worker who has tested positive for Ebola was being decontaminated early Wednesday, in an effort to contain any further spread of the disease. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPOTTER NARRATION) STORY: A second Texas healthcare worker who treated the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement on Wednesday (October 15). At least 4,447 people have died in West Africa in the worst ever outbreak of the virus that can cause fever, bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea, and spreads through contact with bodily fluids, but cases in the United States and Europe have been limited so far. [ID:nL6N0S93IQ] In Dallas, the worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, who cared for Ebola-victim Thomas Eric Duncan, was immediately isolated after reporting a fever on Tuesday, the state health department said. "Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored," it said in a statement. Another nurse, 26-year-old Nina Pham, was the first person to have been infected by Ebola in the United States, and was diagnosed this weekend. She had cared for Duncan during much of his 11 days in hospital. He died in an isolation ward on Oct. 8. The hospital said on Tuesday that Pham was "in good condition". Hospital representatives were not immediately available to comment on Wednesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement that it was performing confirmation testing of Texas' preliminary tests on the new patient. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said on Tuesday that the agency was establishing a rapid-response team to help hospitals "hands on, within hours" whenever there is a confirmed case of Ebola.